April 2011 Super Tornado Outbreak – relive the outbreak in video

RELATED: Videos of the Violent EF4 and EF5 Tornadoes on April 27, 2011

The April 2011 super Tornado outbreak was one of the biggest, deadliest and most destructive severe weather and Tornado outbreaks in the U.S. Suffice to say some of a handful of the Tornadoes that touched down during the outbreak struck heavily populated areas.

Regardless of alerts well in advance and short term warnings, the Tornadoes/storms killed three hundred and twenty one people and injured almost three thousand people, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA – Storm prediction Center – SPC).

Nearly three hundred and fifty Tornadoes touched down in around of the south, Midwest and northeast states of the U.S. A majority of the Tornadoes that touched down during the April 2011 super outbreak happened on the 27th April, according to the National Weather Service.

The most destructive Tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-4 Tornado, which took the lives of sixty five people and injured more than one thousand people alone swept through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama during the afternoon/evening on the 27th April.

Suffice to say, within a matter of minutes, ten per cent of Tuscaloosa was destroyed and more than one thousand six hundred people were left homeless – including the students of University of Alabama. It has to be said, the above mentioned Tornado was one point five miles wide with winds of one hundred and ninety miles per hour. 

The Tornado was on the ground for more than eighty miles.

It has to be stated: The same supercell thunderstorm that produced the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Tornado went onto to spawn other Tornadoes that “skipped” along a three hundred and eighty mile long path from Mississippi to North Carolina.

Three EF-5 Tornadoes, twelve EF-4 Tornadoes and twenty one EF-3 Tornadoes struck during the April 2011 super Tornado outbreak. Some of the violent storms coincided areas that were hit with severe weather and Tornadoes earlier in the month. April 2011 was a busy month!

A destructive and deadly Tornado outbreak took place on the 14th – 16th April, when one hundred and seventy eight Tornadoes touched down and resulted in the deaths of almost fourty people across parts of the Plains, south and eastern seaboard.

In closing, April 2011 saw a record seven hundred and fifty Tornadoes strike the U.S, according to the SPC – records go back to 1950.

We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction. Now you’ve read about it, now relive the April 2011 super outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.

Find an extensive video playlist of the Hackleburg/Phil Campbell EF5 Tornado below.

Furthermore, TV coverage and documentaries in regards to this outbreak can be found below.

UPDATE: A reader brought it to our attention that Smithville, Mississippi was struck by an EF-5 Tornado on the 27th April 2011 – watch two videos of the Tornado below.


27th April 2011 Tuscaloosa/Birmingham, AL Tornado – relive in video

Here’s an overview on the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham EF-4 Tornado…

…The Tornado was spawned by a supercell thunderstorm which initiated in Newton County, Mississippi at 2:54pm (CDT), it dissipated in Macon County, North Carolina at around 10:18pm (CDT).

This supercell thunderstorm lasted around seven hours and twenty four minutes – travelling approximately three hundred and eighty miles producing several significant strong/violent Tornadoes along the way.

The EF-4 Tornado initially touched down in northern Greene County, Alabama (AL) and moved northeast through southern Tuscaloosa and western Jefferson counties, where it caused devastating damage to portions of the city of Tuscaloosa and western suburbs of Birmingham, AL. The Tornado lifted northeast of downtown Birmingham.

The Tornado entered Tuscaloosa County, just north of CR 60, west northwest of Ralph, and moved northeast causing tree damage and minor building damage which is consistent with an EF-2 Tornado.

The Tornado intensified as it crossed the Black Warrior River, north of interstate 20 and approached Tuscaloosa to a violent EF-4. As the Tornado approached interstate 359, a handful of buildings were destroyed – including Tuscaloosa County Emergency Operations Centre.

Along 15th street east and McFarland Blvd east, several small restaurants and stores were destroyed, with only a wall or two standing. The Tornado completely devastated the Cedar Crest neighbourhood just north of 15th street, levelling many cinder block homes and killing three people.

The Tornado then crossed McFarland Blvd, where is destroyed more stores and restaurants. The EF-4 crossed McFarland Blvd in the Alberta City community. Alberta Elementary School was almost completely destroyed, with only a few walls still standing.

A nearby apartment building was reduced to rubble. The Alberta Elementary School suffered nearly complete destruction with no walls standing and a pile of debris on the foundation. Cinder block construction homes in the surrounding neighbourhood were completely destroyed.

The Tornado continued northeast and struck the Chastain Manor Apartments at the north end of 34th Ave east – completely destroying a brand new two story apartment complex. It has to said, a small club house anchored to a foundation was completely destroyed – swept from the foundation.

Comparable devastation to homes and businesses was eminent along both sides of CR 45 near 1st street east and locations to the northeastward. East of Holt, the Tornado path width widened from zero point five mile to one mile.

The Tornado crossed Holt Peterson Road just northwest of Clinker Road, where two homes were completely destroyed. ALMOST! All trees were blown down or snapped in the vicinity, as well as in the bottom of a narrow ravine.

The EF-4 continued to Holt Lock and Dam Road near its intersection with Recreation Area Road where it caused significant damage to a restaurant as well as a number of boats. Several injuries were reported in this area.

The Tornado moved northeastward and weakened an EF-3 rating. As its path narrowed to zero point five mile, the Tornado passed north of Brookwood, near the intersection of Hannah Creek Road and CR 99 and moved into western Jefferson County, four miles north of Abernant…

…With that being said, we’re going to leave our overview here. Read more about the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham EF-4 Tornado here. Below find a handful of relating facts:

  • Rating: EF-4
  • Estimated maximum wind: one hundred and ninety miles per hour.
  • Injuries/deaths: one thousand five hundred injuries/sixty five deaths
  • Damage path length: eighty one miles
  • Maximum path width: two thousand six hundred yards (one point five miles) when crossing I-65.
  • Approximate start point/time: 33.0297/-87.9350 at 4:43pm
  • Approximate end point/time: 33.6311/-86.7436 at 6:14 pm

With that being said, relive the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham Tornado in the videos below.